Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
A Lost Lady
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
32 posts | 22 read | 4 reading | 9 to read
The finest family in Sweet Water, The Forresters are known for their gatherings, and Mrs. Forrester, to be an enchanting hostess. Neil Herbert finds himself at the Forester estate playing with friends, and he falls in love with Mrs. Forrester and what she represents. As he grows up, he finds it increasingly harder to keep his boyhood image of her, and she does nothing to help.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
blurb
Lcsmcat
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

I couldn‘t stop, so I finished this morning. I‘ll hold off on my review to avoid spoilers. #catherbuddyread I‘d forgotten how they used to put mini-catalogs in the back of paperback books. There‘re about 12 pages of this, so the ending of the novel snuck up on me. @Graywacke

Graywacke See something you‘d like to order? Anxious to see your thoughts on finishing, but I haven‘t picked it up to read the end yet. (edited) 2d
Lcsmcat @Graywacke If I could get them for 1977 prices! 2d
36 likes3 comments
review
Sace
Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image
Pickpick

Such a pick. I'm so glad I stumbled upon the #catherbuddyread led by @Graywacke. I'm sure that much of the message and nuance was lost one, but the writing was beautiful. Willa Cather never disappoints me.

Hoopiefoot Oooh-I love Willa Cather but have somehow never read this. Thanks for sharing! 3d
Sace @Hoopiefoot I hadn't even heard of it! 3d
74 likes2 stack adds2 comments
blurb
Graywacke
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

#catherbuddyread
A Lost Lady Part 1 : 6-9 & Part 2 : 1-3.

How to summarize Niels bitter loss of innocence and some exposure of Marian‘s character? It‘s compact and elegant. Add $$, appearances, living life and principles, mix, then take out the $$. What do get? What have you lost? What have you learned? Wait, or did you just get lost in that prose? What were your thoughts?

Graywacke This section has many wonderful lines including the whole book captured in a field of morning flowers and a muddy marsh. I‘ll post some longer key quotes next... 5d
Graywacke Purity: “All over the marsh, snow-on-the-mountain, globed with dew, made cool sheets of silver, and the swamp milk-weed spread its flat, raspberry-coloured clusters. There was an almost religious purity about the fresh morning air, the tender sky, the grass and flowers with the sheen of early dew upon them. 👇👇 5d
See All 55 Comments
Graywacke Divinity: “There was in all living things something limpid and joyous—like the wet, morning call of the birds, flying up through the unstained atmosphere. Out of the saffron east a thin, yellow, wine-like sunshine began to gild the fragrant meadows and the glistening tops of the grove. 👇👇 5d
Graywacke “ Niel wondered why he did not often come over like this, to see the day before men and their activities had spoiled it, while the morning was still unsullied, like a gift handed down from the heroic ages.” 👇👇 5d
Graywacke Sex? : “Under the bluffs that overhung the marsh he came upon thickets of wild roses, with flaming buds, just beginning to open. Where they had opened, their petals were stained with that burning rose-colour which is always gone by noon,—a dye made of sunlight and morning and moisture, so intense that it cannot possibly last . . . must fade, like ecstasy. 👇👇 5d
Graywacke Afterward? “Niel took out his knife and began to cut the stiff stems, crowded with red thorns. He would make a bouquet for a lovely lady; a bouquet gathered off the cheeks of morning . . . these roses, only half awake, in the defencelessness of utter beauty. “ 5d
Graywacke Alas: “In that instant between stooping to the window-sill and rising, he had lost one of the most beautiful things in his life. Before the dew dried, the morning had been wrecked for him; and all subsequent mornings, he told himself bitterly. This day saw the end of that admiration and loyalty that had been like a bloom on his existence. He could never recapture it. It was gone, like the morning freshness of the flowers.” 5d
Graywacke And on a different note, mythology: “The Old West had been settled by dreamers, great-hearted adventurers who were unpractical to the point of magnificence; a courteous brotherhood, strong in attack but weak in defence, who could conquer but could not hold. Now all the vast territory they had won was to be at the mercy of men like Ivy Peters, who had never dared anything, never risked anything. 👇👇 5d
Graywacke “They would drink up the mirage, dispel the morning freshness, root out the great brooding spirit of freedom, the generous, easy life of the great land-holders. The space, the colour, the princely carelessness of the pioneer they would destroy and cut up into profitable bits, as the match factory splinters the primeval forest. 👇👇 5d
Graywacke “All the way from the Missouri to the mountains this generation of shrewd young men, trained to petty economies by hard times, would do exactly what Ivy Peters had done when he drained the Forrester marsh.” 5d
Graywacke And I‘ll leave it there for now 5d
Lcsmcat Re your 8th - 10th comments: that quote rang so true to me. Kind of like how the internet has been in our day. Started by idealists and then taken over by those determined to monetize it. (edited) 5d
Caterina The quotes you share about the romanticized "settling" of the "Old West" strike me in a different way now that I have driven from NC to CA and live in Berkeley. I cannot read quotes like that without grieving the white supremacist and Christian supremacist ideology that led to that "settlement," the doctrine of discovery and manifest destiny, the genocide committed against the true people of this land. 5d
Caterina I was interested that Mrs. Forrester loves the natural state of the land so much and is so connected to it, but is financially desperate enough to lower her morals and invest in a business that cheats the Indigenous people of their rights. 5d
Lcsmcat The passage about the roses really does seem to be about sex, and that Niel is no longer innocent at the end of it confirmed it for me. 5d
Lcsmcat Sidebar @Caterina I didn‘t know you were from NC. I grew up here, moved west as a young woman, and came back 22 years later. 5d
Caterina @Lcsmcat Strong yes to the rose/sex passage! Also I'm originally from SC, but went to Davidson College and spent a year living in the Uwharrie forest before moving out to CA. I'll probably end up back in NC someday too! 😊 5d
batsy I agree with @Caterina. The prose is so lush, I get swept up, but there is an underside to it about the idealists of the Old West—a "courteous brotherhood" —that made me deeply uncomfortable. Would the indigenous people agree? Do we chalk it up again to Niel being naive? This is an aspect of Cather's American mythology that I also struggled with in One of Ours. In that one, too, I told myself it was seen through the eyes of a naive male character. 5d
batsy I thought we learned so much about Mrs Forrester: claiming to be against cheating indigenous people of their land in principle, but doing it if needed to maintain a lifestyle. Cather is at times acerbic and dare I say ruthless in her portrayal (not in a bad way at all) that I felt at times I was reading an Edith Wharton novella! The formal structure of the work is interesting: it is like a dream, or a myth. 5d
CarolynM I'm interested is the theme of "doing the right thing". Captain F chooses his reputation over his pecuniary interest. The Judge struggles with his conscience over whether he'd have done the same and sees the law as complicit in the declining business ethics. Ivy Peters cheerfully takes all he can get. Mrs F is unfaithful and willing to compromise her principles for material gain. How will Niel respond to all of these influences in his life? 5d
Graywacke @Lcsmcat - interesting to compare to the Internet and think through the parallels in the evolution. (Trying really hard not to go off on some off-topic rant...or many of them... ) 5d
Graywacke @Caterina cool perspective, but mainly I‘m glad you saw under the myth. I think Cather is a little disingenuous here - but it‘s not super clear to me. (edited) 5d
Graywacke @Caterina I think Mrs. Forrester‘s love of the land is exposed as untrue or less sincere than she implied. Her morals...hmm... I have thoughts, but holding off a moment. 5d
Graywacke @batsy @Caterina we can‘t put contemporary eyes on Cather, but I think she is getting there. The ethnic cleansing/genocide is maybe somewhat captured in the contradiction of the railroad man preserving his marsh. And hinted at in Ivy‘s schemes with natives. It‘s all there, the pieces, but it‘s not a passionate despair. She seems more focused on a character study of the evolution of settlers and $$. 5d
Graywacke @batsy like a dream... can you tell more about what you see... 5d
Graywacke @batsy @Caterina @CarolynM my take on Mrs F: we open this book with her a trophy wife, 25 yrs younger than her husband. But Cather has exposed another side too. She‘s no victim taken advantage of. Like the US 1st lady, seems she is at core a gold digger. She married for money, she‘ll do anything to get it. The rest is just a mask, a performance that took everyone in. Niel, lost in his paradise, innocence, is a little slow to see under the hood... (edited) 5d
Graywacke We‘re all a little slow to see her real nature... maybe 5d
Graywacke @CarolynM the morality intrigues me. Did the Captain make his decision with Mrs F‘s affair in mind? Was he really principled, or just playing his own game? Did he really care about those railmen? Guess we don‘t really know. The Judge seems sincere, but advised on screwing all the railmen. That‘s something to ponder - human nature...uncomfortable, no? This is a great point. I‘m curious how Niel will respond, but maybe he‘s really just an observer. 5d
Graywacke As a last thought tonight (US CST) I see Niel has having sort of lost his paradise, his innocence is really undone and he‘s horrified by what was always around him. (The morning marsh and the roses in the mud. A rough awakening) He‘s the key, the ballast in perspective that makes this American exposé have a counter force, that gives it some weight. 5d
Lcsmcat @CarolynM I‘m interested to see how Cather ultimately treats those who “do the right thing.” So far, not so well, if Captain F. is any indication! Will Ivey get his comeuppance? 5d
Lcsmcat @batsy I agree that we learned a lot about Mrs. F in this section! And the idea that having to rent out your land and do your own housework meant you were destitute said a lot about her and her whole social group (and none of it flattering.) 5d
rubyslippersreads @Graywacke @batsy @Caterina @CarolynM This is exactly how I see Mrs. F. Everything she lets most people see is a facade. It‘s a rude awakening for Niel. 5d
Graywacke @Lcsmcat @CarolynM Regarding how Cather will handle those who do the right thing - maybe I‘m jaded, but I‘m not betting on any rewards for morality 4d
Graywacke @Lcsmcat compare Mrs. F‘s destitution with Ántonia... ?? ? 4d
Graywacke @rubyslippersreads it is a rude awakening...😳 4d
Lcsmcat Yes, because Ántonia is in a different “class” and her sin of love without marriage is considered worse than Mrs. F‘s marriage without love. And her dalliances would be considered forgivable by her social group as long as she was discreet. 4d
Lcsmcat @Graywacke On the “rewards for morality” front, I have mixed feelings. Cather‘s characters are rarely one dimensional enough to be treated that way. They‘re all varying amounts of good and bad, and sometimes their fates seem justified and sometimes so very unfair. (Just like life.) 4d
Graywacke @Lcsmcat so true that, judge the impoverished. I was thinking about Ántonia working the fields and Mrs F exhausted by taking care of her house. (But, I feel I should add that as a lazy one myself who does as little as possible, and finds all cleaning torturous, I can kind of relate to Mrs F there... ☺️ ... Where‘s my staff, darn-it?) 4d
Graywacke @Lcsmcat I‘m putting you down as optimistic for moral rewards. 🤣 Will see how she plays it out, but I‘m placing my bets on Ivy coming out ahead, Mrs F dependent on him, and Niel getting spun off to other places, deriding the lost pioneer-land-paradise. In my head Cather sees this robber-baron era as power trumps dignity. 4d
Lcsmcat @graywacke The Act of Lear we read this week addresses it well: Through tatter'd clothes small vices do appear; / Robes and furr'd gowns hide all. / Plate sin with gold, / And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks: / Arm it in rags, a pigmy's straw does pierce it. (edited) 4d
Lcsmcat And I can‘t find my staff either. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I guess we‘ll have to be destitute and clean our own houses. 😁 4d
Graywacke @Lcsmcat bummer 😕 But very apt line from Lear. 4d
Sace I'm looking for my staff as well. Household tasks are for the birds. I don't have anything eloquent to say. My head is swimming from all the comments. I can't quite see Captain F as this morally upstanding man because he chose to go broke in order to pay people he was party to exploiting to start with. (At least that's what I think of the entire system.) 4d
Sace And I can't quite see Mrs F as entirely wicked since as a woman she probably never had many prospects beyond being a pretty wife anyway. I can't quite blame her for being the frivolous person she is. Something about self fulfilling prophecy or something. Society assumed women of that class were simple and frivolous so she was. 4d
Sace As for @Lcsmcat and the Lear quote. Are Robber Barons a thing of the past? I can think of a certain current world leader that fits that quote and reminds me an awful lot of those Old West settlers who made a lot of money in land speculation and exploitation. 4d
Lcsmcat @Sace I never said they were a thing of the past! It was true in Shakespeare‘s time, in Cather‘s, and in ours. And probably earlier and later too. 4d
Sace @Lcsmcat I don't communicate well lol. It was more a question for me. I'm just working through all my thoughts. Perhaps I should do that in a notebook and not clog the comments here 😂 4d
Lcsmcat @Sace No no - don‘t apologize. I was just agreeing with you!!! I worked in criminal defense for 5 years and I saw it daily. 4d
Sace @Lcsmcat 😁 4d
Graywacke @Sace @Lcsmcat definitely feels worse these last three years than the previous 90 or so 4d
Louise Hello, All—I‘m enjoying all your insightful comments. I‘ve done the reading but been down with flu and headaches for several days, so my critical thinking skills are in the soup. One of my main impressions from this recent section of the book is how brilliantly Cather‘s descriptions of the natural world serve as mirrors for what‘s happening with the human story. 4d
Graywacke @Louise wishing you well and headache-free. (Hate headaches 🙁) And appreciating your impression. 4d
Louise Thanks very much, @Graywacke. 4d
47 likes1 stack add55 comments
quote
Lcsmcat
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

Had he “never used to have” that feeling because it hadn‘t cost her in the past, or, as I suspect, because he wasn‘t mature enough to spot it before? #catherbuddyread

batsy I'm with you—I suspect it's the latter. 6d
rubyslippersreads I agree with you and @batsy 5d
Sace I'm also inclined to suspect it's the latter. 5d
See All 7 Comments
Graywacke Love this line. To me it‘s about an awakening, but I think it‘s news to the reader too. 4d
Lcsmcat @Graywacke Good point. Had I not read the essay you linked to before I started the novel it might have caught me by surprise. I‘m not sure. 4d
Graywacke @Lcsmcat oops... 😁☺️ 4d
Lcsmcat @Graywacke No, it gives it that much more depth! Don‘t apologize!! 4d
35 likes7 comments
quote
Sace
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

"The Old West had been settled by dreamers, great-hearted adventurers who were unpractical to the point of magnificence; a courteous brotherhood, strong in attack but weak in defence, who could conquer, but could not hold."

And this is just the beginning of a passage that took my breath away. #catherbuddyread @Graywacke

Sace Oh...er...random image from a search for "prairie background" within the pic collage app. 1w
Lcsmcat This bit caught my attention too. It rings so true! 6d
56 likes2 comments
blurb
rubyslippersreads
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

#Catherbuddyread and my first peppermint mocha of the season. 😊☕️ #litsypartyofone ##MrBook1inaMillion #bookandsnack #gratefulreads

Andrew65 Anything with mint in is good during this season. 2w
OriginalCyn620 Love peppermint mochas! 😊 2w
Linsy Yum! 😋 2w
See All 6 Comments
MrBook Time for the peppermint! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
Clwojick I wish i wasn't allergic to mint - These smell so good! 2w
batsy Such a pretty and inviting photo! 2w
73 likes6 comments
blurb
Graywacke
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

“in one those grey towns along the Burlington railroad which are so much greyer to-day than they were then”

Cather has a way. I‘m thinking not much is going on and then suddenly I have a town of vibrant characters, stratified by temporary hierarchies, with tensions and subtle clashes between practical and presentation; and it all reflects in the control and preservation of quietly vibrant natural surroundings.

Thoughts? Was it hard to stop?

Graywacke #catherbuddyread A Lost Lady, Part 1 1-5 2w
Graywacke ( Sweetwater, NE is a real place on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad line. Almost certainly grayer today, just a handful of buildings on google maps. ) 2w
See All 46 Comments
Lcsmcat So hard to stop! But I was afraid if I didn‘t I‘d accidentally write spoilers. 2w
Sace "I'm thinking not much is going on..." That's what I love so much about Cather. People will ask "What is __ about?" and I find it hard to say exactly what any of her books are about. I usually just end up saying "it's not what it's about, it's how you FEEL when you read Cather. It's hard to stop but I also like to stop and just let it sink in. 2w
Lcsmcat @Sace I agree - Cather‘s ability to make us feel and sense the places she writes about is one of the great pleasures of reading her work. And I like that the structure of a buddy read makes me slow down and notice things. 2w
Graywacke @Sace @Lcsmcat That feel, or texture she creates - and how she does it here with several characters interacting - it‘s a whole atmosphere. Feels very natural, rich and it‘s such a nice place to hang around. And, of course, she‘s doing a lot to create all this. 2w
jewright @Sace I agree with this completely! 2w
Sace @Graywacke and to me, she does this with minimal words and simple sentences. I love that about her writing. 2w
Lcsmcat @Sace @Graywacke Her writing is deceptively simple. It‘s not the self-conscious simplicity of Hemingway. I know she worked hard, but she makes it seem so natural. 2w
Sace @Lcsmcat ❤️⬆️ 2w
Graywacke @Lcsmcat I read this Monday (and had to force myself to stop. All this stuff was in place and ... well ... my own fault). Anyway, I reread a lot this morning to refresh and in rereading I could see a lot more of what she is doing, and it‘s not simple. She‘s careful and precise in everything. It‘s...you can‘t see it in a quote. It‘s about setup and how it‘s woven. (Well, and it‘s dependent on her mastery of prose.) @Sace @jewright 2w
Lcsmcat @Graywacke Yes! She makes it seem simple, but it‘s masterful. 2w
Louise I agree with what‘s been said so far. I find that Cather‘s work is like poetry, in that it expresses so much more than the surface meaning of the words. One senses a meaning-filled space between the lines, the words simply way-markers for the world she invites the reader to experience. I recently picked up a book by Sarah Orne Jewett and noticed the difference very strongly. Both have great descriptive powers, but I found that Jewett‘s work . . . 2w
Louise . . . fills in all the spaces, while Cather‘s work allows a different kind of breathing room that lets us see the characters in clearer focus. @Graywacke @Lcsmcat @Sace @jewright (edited) 2w
Lcsmcat @Louise Yes! Cather trusts the reader. She doesn‘t feel like we need to be spoon fed. 2w
Graywacke @Louise “fills in all the spaces, while Cather” - does like the opposite here, right? Every word essential...and with a light touch, such that the reader may not notice. I think she would appreciate your poetic comparison, particularly here. @Lcsmcat agree, she trusts us. 2w
batsy @Sace @Louise Beautifully put, I agree completely. 2w
batsy @Graywacke Yes, I found it hard to stop! But I managed to ration it out for this week's discussion; here's hoping I have the same discipline for the next two. Like @Lcsmcat I'm also afraid I'll inadvertently reveal spoilers in discussion if I read ahead! 2w
batsy And so true about how much that Cather does with mood, effect, style, etc. can't be summed up in extracted quotes. Even Mrs. Forrester's discreet description of Niel to Ellinger reveals so much in context; she finds him both beautiful and useful and that lets me see her in a whole new light beyond how she's seen by others. 2w
rubyslippersreads I‘m late in starting. I love the writing style, but I have to confess I had to skip over the woodpecker scene. 😕 2w
CarolynM I'll come back in a couple of days when I've actually read the chapters and read these comments and hopefully make some too🙂 2w
Louise @rubyslipperreads I felt the same about the woodpecker scene. In fact, if I‘d known the book contained any animal abuse, I would have skipped reading it altogether. 2w
Lcsmcat @rubyslippersreads @Louise That scene was distressing, but I‘m sure Cather thought it was necessary. It was certainly, as my sister used to say to her creative writing students, “a character defining moment.” 2w
rubyslippersreads @Louise I have a feeling I tried to read this book years ago, but stopped because of that scene. @Lcsmcat I got the gist of it (not to mention that character‘s previous behavior with dogs). (edited) 2w
Graywacke @rubyslippersreads @Louise @Lcsmcat this scene was hard to read and I skipped over that part when rereading. It‘s skin crawling shocking. But I think it‘s doing many things. The idea of a railman putting track over the frontier but not developing his land to preserve its natural aspect is an irony that this episode highlights. 👇 2w
Graywacke To try to elaborate, and hopefully not going too far, mixing the practical and romantic doesn‘t come without a cost. I suspect Poison Ivy is another ruthless railman, just without funds. Hyper and ruthlessly practical. Mr. Forrester has a romantic streak, and he just lost his strength. He‘s in trouble in a quietly dangerous world hungry for what he‘s got. 2w
Graywacke @batsy isn‘t Mrs Forrester is a wonderful character? I love Cather‘s descriptions, how M makes herself be what she appears to be basically in defiance of social norms. Great observation of her discreet view of Niel. (Niel is the books real protagonist so far, no?) 2w
Graywacke @CarolynM curious about your bottling wine. !! You‘re not really far behind. Look forward to your take 2w
Graywacke Side note everyone - it‘s worth noting, especially if you‘re rereading, how Cather‘s nature/landscape descriptions and atmosphere reflects the story. 2w
Lcsmcat I agree that Mrs. Forrester is a wonderful character, but disagree that Niel is the protagonist. I think he‘s just the lens through which we see her. 2w
Louise I hear what you all are saying about the woodpecker scene. Cather must have had a reason to highlight such cruelty in a character. Stephen King talked in an interview about an opening scene in one of his books, in which the MC abuses a dog. The scene was meant to be a “character defining moment”. King said he was flooded with angry letters from readers. “You guys really love dogs!” he said. 👇 2w
Louise Personally, I have a hard time getting certain images out of my head once I‘ve read them, which is why I avoid books with scenes of animal abuse. But here we are. I‘ll tell myself that in the world of fiction, all healing is possible and write a little scene inside my head for the woodpecker, who was, let‘s say, really just play-acting for the sake of the story! 😌 (edited) 2w
Graywacke @Louise I just stepped outside and there‘s a woodpecker on one of my trees. Beautiful, but outside of the range of my iPhone camera. I didn‘t tell it what I was reading. (edited) 2w
Graywacke @Lcsmcat yes...yes, you‘re correct. What did I mean? 🤔😊😑🤭☺️ Not entirely sure anymore. I guess I‘m just trying to explain that I relate more to him, worry more about him than anyone else. ( @batsy ) 2w
Lcsmcat @Louise I get it, and perhaps there was another way Cather could have contrasted Niel‘s goodness with the Ivey‘s badness, and have Niel injured seriously enough to have to be carried into her bedroom. But what she chose to do worked. And I won‘t be surprised if we see more of Ivey later on. 2w
Lcsmcat @Graywacke I worry about N too. He‘s more fragile than Mrs. F in my opinion. 2w
Louise @Graywacke How beautiful for you to have seen a woodpecker in your yard! And it‘s totally appropriate that it would be outside the reach of human hands or cameras! 👍 2w
Graywacke @Louise 🙂 Yeah, how nice. And yes appropriate. 2w
Graywacke @Lcsmcat Niel is more real, sincere, and humble, of course. M is, to me, always performing. A little bird herself... wait...um. That‘s not good...(I haven‘t read ahead, I‘m guessing) (edited) 2w
batsy @Graywacke I'm quite torn about who's the protagonist! But I feel it's Niel; Mrs Forrester is a wonderful character but she moves in and out of his vision like a symbol. The loss of innocence, loss of a particular form of the world as he understood it...she symbolises his awakening. And what's happening to the land & the natural world is beautifully mirrored in the characters. (I've read ahead & will most likely finish the novel soon 🙈) 2w
Graywacke @batsy “she symbolizes his awakening” - 👀 !! 2w
rubyslippersreads @Graywacke A little bird ... oh dear ... 😟 (edited) 1w
CarolynM Only just now caught up this far. Love the conversations. @Sace @Lcsmcat @Louise lovely thoughts on Cather's writing. I find her such a pleasure to read. @Graywacke the wine bottling is part of a wine making program run by a winery a couple of hours from the city. We pick and crush the grapes, they ferment for a week before we press them and leave them to ferment further for about 6 weeks, then transfer the wine to a barrel for about 6 months👇 6d
CarolynM ...before bottling. This is the 3rd vintage we've made. It's a lot of fun and a great value🙂 6d
49 likes46 comments
blurb
Lcsmcat
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

For anyone else in the #catherbuddyread who didn‘t know what a Democrat wagon is, I Googled it. Looking forward to our discussion tomorrow! @Graywacke

batsy Oh cool! Thanks 2w
Sace Thanks! I'll have to see if I can find the etymology of the term too. I had to Google astrachan collar too. How did I ever read before Google? 🤣 2w
Graywacke Huh, thanks! @Sace - I have uncounted thoughts related to and in answer to that question... 2w
See All 8 Comments
Sace @Graywacke part of me loves it because it adds so much more learning to my reading....but so much more distraction too 🙄 2w
Lcsmcat Cowboy Bob‘s Dictionary says: “A light, flat bed farm or ranch wagon, usually without a top, with a skeleton frame and two or more seats. It sometimes has a wire rack for a side. The term "Democrat" was not a partisan designation, but referred to the availability of this inexpensive, easy to handle, wagon to a wide range of people. A Democrat Wagon was so light that if it got stuck a single individual could often lift it out by hand.” 2w
Graywacke Thank you Cowboy Bob. Appreciate the detail, L. Lets the era pop out a little. 2w
Lcsmcat @Graywacke Kind of like horse-drawn minivans. 2w
Sace Thanks for the info! 2w
49 likes8 comments
blurb
Sace
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

Finished up on schedule for the #catherbuddyread! That's rare for me!

I confess, I was nervous going in to this because the description of the book just made it seem very different from other works I know. Cather's writing is like an old, dear friend to me. I am enjoying the read.

Graywacke I‘m calling this picture a tease. 🙂 I‘m enjoying this a lot too. 2w
70 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
jewright
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image
Pickpick

The start was a little slow, and then it became interesting, but the ending felt abrupt. I know I‘m ahead of #catherbuddyread, but I couldn‘t stop! I did mark lots of passages I liked. Cather has such a beautiful way of phrasing and speaks amazing truths about life.

batsy I'm finding this one hard not to read in one (or two) sittings! 2w
Graywacke You‘re already done! ?? 🤣🤣 Stopping was really tough for me. 2w
jewright @Graywacke I totally failed at the stopping part. 😂 2w
9 likes3 comments
quote
Sace
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

"Her vowels seemed to roll about in the same way her eyes did."

Not a profound quote but I always love when an author comments on the sounds of language.

#catherbuddyread

Graywacke It‘s a nice window into Mrs. Ogden - and a reminder Cather is a storyteller instead of simply a reporter. 2w
63 likes1 comment
blurb
Graywacke
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

#catherbuddyread
The mixing of solid boundaries and empty space, of formality and passion. Feel like I‘ve failed this scheduling thing again for our group. It‘s difficult to stop so soon for Saturday‘s section.

jewright I loved both this part and the description with the sparks right below it. 3w
Graywacke @jewright the ⚡️‘s! (That‘s why I didn‘t blur out the surrounding text. 🙂) 3w
42 likes2 comments
blurb
Graywacke
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

#catherbuddyread

1st Litsy discussion a week away:

November 9 - Part 1 : 1-5
November 16 - Part 1 : 6-9 & Part 2 : 1-3
November 23 - Part 2 : 4-9

The above essay beginning is a little teaser. (Full essay, titled WILLA CATHER'S A LOST LADY ART VERSUS THE CLOSING FRONTIER, is available here: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2634&context=greatplai... )

Louise Thanks for the article. I look forward to reading it on a bigger screen. 3w
Sace Just the teaser has me giddy with anticipation! 3w
See All 7 Comments
Lcsmcat Thanks for sharing this! 3w
Tanisha_A Thankee! Very excited. 3w
Graywacke @Louise @Lcsmcat @Tanisha_A you‘re welcome 👍 @Sace has me excited too. I never know what to expect... 3w
batsy Thanks for sharing! Lovely teaser; I'm excited too! 3w
42 likes7 comments
blurb
Sace
Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

@Graywacke #catherbuddyread

I'm all ready! #bookmail was just delivered.

TheBookHippie Ooooo pretty. 4w
Graywacke That‘s gorgeous! All these beautiful editions. I‘m regretting my choice of an ebook... 4w
Sace @Graywacke I considered the e-book, but if we're discussing I wanted to be able to flip through a physical book quickly. I struggle with e-books when trying to find things or go back to read certain things. 4w
See All 9 Comments
Sace @TheBookHippie I totally copied off @batsy 😊 4w
TheBookHippie @Sace I now “need” this 😆 4w
batsy Those Vintage Cather editions are irresistible 😁 4w
Sace @batsy I can't wait to read it! 4w
erzascarletbookgasm Pretty edition! 4w
54 likes9 comments
blurb
Sace
Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

Ordered and ready for the #catherbuddyread!

Lcsmcat 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
batsy 🎉🎉 1mo
Sace @Lcsmcat @batsy I'm getting excited! 1mo
40 likes3 comments
blurb
batsy
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

Good #bookmail day 🙂 Got my copies for both the #catherbuddyread and #NYRBbookclub

Tanisha_A Oh my god - these editions. 😭 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Soooo pretty! 😍😍 1mo
saresmoore Beautiful! 1mo
See All 14 Comments
Graywacke Gorgeous pair. (And yay, Cather! 👏 ) 1mo
batsy @Tanisha_A @erzascarletbookgasm @saresmoore @Graywacke Was lovely to come home to these 🙂 1mo
readordierachel 😍😍😍 1mo
Centique Ohhh they‘re so pretty! 1mo
LeahBergen Pretty! 😍😍😍 1mo
TrishB They‘re gorgeous ♥️ 1mo
rubyslippersreads Those covers! 😍 I didn‘t even know there was a #catherbuddyread. 4w
youneverarrived Beauties 😍 3w
batsy @youneverarrived They make me happy 😁 3w
94 likes14 comments
blurb
Lcsmcat
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

I‘ve got my copy for the #catherbuddyread. 1972 Vintage Books edition, it looks like it was never read. I love the cover art which appears to be signed “J K Lambert.” @Graywacke

Graywacke Looks beautiful! 1mo
saresmoore Lovely! 1mo
batsy Wow, that's gorgeous! 1mo
Lcsmcat @batsy Another library sale find. 1mo
32 likes4 comments
blurb
Graywacke
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

A little prompt for our upcoming #catherbuddyread ... and an actual schedule. (I‘ll post another reminder next week.)

November 9 - Part 1 : 1-5
November 16 - Part 1 : 6-9 & Part 2 : 1-3
November 23 - Part 2 : 4-9

@Lcsmcat @CarolynM @batsy @jewright @crazeedi @Tanisha_A @Caterina @Louise

Lcsmcat Yay! I‘ve missed our Cather discussions. 1mo
batsy Thanks! Can't wait. 1mo
See All 22 Comments
Tamra I‘m sorry to miss it! Will be reading posts though. 1mo
Louise Looking forward to it! 1mo
Tanisha_A Yay! 🙂 1mo
CarolynM I'm all set. Looking forward to it. 1mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat @CarolynM @batsy @jewright @crazeedi @Tanisha_A @Caterina @Louise - I think I should highlight that these are Saturdays. Hope that‘s ok with everyone. 1mo
Lcsmcat Saturday works for me. 1mo
Tanisha_A Yesss! Even better! Mon to Fri is crazy these days. 1mo
batsy Yup, totally fine 👍🏽 1mo
Caterina Sounds good! I think I'll probably have time for this. 👍😊 1mo
CarolynM Works for me. 1mo
Graywacke @Sace 🙂 1mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat @Tanisha_A @batsy @Caterina @CarolynM good, or maybe phew 😅... (edited) 1mo
Graywacke @rubyslippersreads tagging you for the schedule here. 4w
rubyslippersreads @Graywacke Thanks! Can you please add me to the list of Littens to be tagged for the #catherbuddyread? 2w
Graywacke @rubyslippersreads you‘re on the list. 2w
Graywacke @rubyslippersreads i should add, I‘ll post a discussion thread on Saturday for A Lost Lady, part 1, chapters 1-5. and I will tag everyone on the list. 2w
rubyslippersreads @Graywacke Thanks! I just wanted to make sure I didn‘t miss anything. 😊 2w
Graywacke @rubyslippersreads You‘re good. 👍 When in doubt, try clicking the hashtag and you will see everyone‘s latest posts. #catherbuddyread 2w
35 likes22 comments
blurb
LitsyHappenings
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

Repost for @Graywacke :

Planning the next #catherbuddy read. Looking at reading this 1923 novel in November.

We‘re a small group, but anyone is welcome to join. Leave a comment and tag me if you‘re interested.

kspenmoll Will try & get a copy. Love to read this. 2mo
56 likes1 comment
blurb
Graywacke
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

Planning the next #catherbuddyread. Looking at reading this 1923 novel in November.

We‘re a small group, but anyone is welcome to join. Leave a comment if you‘re interested.

Lcsmcat Count me in. 😀 2mo
batsy Can't wait 🙂 2mo
See All 36 Comments
jewright I‘ll have to order a copy! 2mo
Crazeedi I'll have to see if I can find 2mo
Louise Perhaps I‘ll join in this time. I haven‘t read this one yet. Thanks for tagging me. 🤓 2mo
CarolynM Look forward to it. Thanks🙂 2mo
Caterina Thanks for tagging me! Things are crazy right now with school, but it looks very short and it's on #SerialReader, so I think I'm in! 👍 2mo
Tanisha_A Yesss, I am in! 2mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat @batsy @jewright @Crazeedi @Louise @CarolynM @Caterina @Tanisha_A 👍 There time to order paper copies, also it‘s $1 on amazon and free in other places. 2mo
Graywacke @Louise I love your picture. Is it from Sandra Boynton? (A favorite to read to my kids when they were little ones) 2mo
Graywacke @Caterina On Goodreads most editions list around 150 pages or less. I plan to set up a 3 week schedule, which I‘ll post closer to the time we read. 2mo
Lcsmcat @Louise My daughter had a Boynton wallpaper border in her room when she was learning to talk. She would lie in bed and say “‘pommus, hippo, bear, ‘pommus” counting the animals around her ceiling. Love Boynton! 2mo
Louise Yes, I believe it is one of Boynton‘s. Her pictures have such charm! Re: Cather, I‘ve requested the large print edition from my library. I find the large font so relaxing for the eyes! 🤓 2mo
Louise @Lcsmcat Oh, that is so sweet! I hope you let Sandra Boynton know about that via one of her social media pages! She‘d be so pleased. 😊 (edited) 2mo
Lcsmcat @Louise I might have to do that. Since that daughter is 27 now, social media wasn‘t a thing at the time. 😀 2mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat @Louise - we memorized some of her books. We could “read” them with the lights out. We also made up our own tunes and sang them. 🙂 ❤️ Boynton. Miss those days. 2mo
Louise @Lcsmcat @Graywacke Such sweet stories! I hope you both let Sandra Boynton know what wonderful memories her books helped your families to create! 💕 2mo
Lcsmcat @Louise @Graywacke Yes! We can still recite “But Not the Hippopotamus!” 2mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat One of our first and favorites!! One HIppo all alone,,, 2mo
Graywacke @Louise Honestly, hadn't considered doing that. I should. 2mo
Louise @Graywacke @Lcsmcat Well, I suggested it because I‘ve been following her for a while on FB, and she is very friendly in her interactions with people. She takes joy in that, I think. 2mo
jewright My paper copy is in the mail! 2mo
CarolynM @Louise @Lcsmcat @Graywacke Boynton was a huge favourite in our house too. I can still recite Moo, Baa, La La La by heart 🙂 It's my go to gift for new parents along with a bib. You can never have too many books or bibs😂 2mo
Lcsmcat @CarolynM My kids loved that one too. Now I read them to my granddaughter. 😀 2mo
jewright When are we starting this one? My fall is swamped, but I want to read this one with everyone. 1mo
Graywacke @jewright I‘m thinking first discussion Nov 9, last Nov 23 (before us Thanksgiving). I was going to announce it two weeks out - next week. Maybe I should post something tomorrow 1mo
jewright @Graywacke Thanks! I felt badly about bothering you, but I‘m trying to plan my reading for the next couple of weeks. My kids are keeping me so busy! 1mo
Graywacke @jewright oh goodness, no worries. I think everyone was wondering. (And kids do that, phew) 1mo
Sace I would be interested in joining... Is it too late? 1mo
Graywacke @Sace definitely not too late. First discussion is Nov 9 (a Saturday), 2.5 weeks away, and I think we‘re only reading ~50 pages for it (not really sure though 😁) I‘ll add you to the list and tag you in the post with the schedule. 1mo
Sace Yay! I'll order my copy now. Hopefully I'll be better participant than I've been for other alongs. 🤣 1mo
Graywacke @Sace 👍 You have a clean slate here 😉 (and no expectations, of course. ) 1mo
rubyslippersreads I just saw this, but would like to join in. 4w
Graywacke @rubyslippersreads 👍 adding you to the list and I‘ll tag you on the schedule post too. 4w
40 likes36 comments
review
SW-T
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image
Pickpick

No one writes like Willa Cather. Here, young Niel Herbert tells the story of the decline of Mrs. Forrester. It‘s also about the West, the spreading of the railroad, capitalism, idealism, and the complexities of growing up and realizing your idols are only frail humans.

#willacather

27 likes3 stack adds
blurb
Lcsmcat
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

#bookhaul from Tucker Jo‘s in Southern Pines. Olivia is for my granddaughter, but the rest are going in my library! See anything you‘ve read and loved?

Crazeedi I've not read any of these, but several are catching my eye!! 6mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Barrel Fever!! 👍👍 6mo
Lcsmcat @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled good to know! I love Sedaris, but hadn‘t heard of that one. 6mo
See All 9 Comments
Leftcoastzen I love the Rabbit series .I like Updike‘s writing style yet mostly don‘t like most of his characters. 6mo
Lcsmcat @Leftcoastzen I‘ve read Gertrude and Claudius, which is a Hamlet retelling, and liked it, but I‘ve not read any of his famous works. So now I will. 😀 6mo
CarolynM A Lost Lady and The Quiet American. Both great books. 6mo
SharonGoforth The Quiet American by Graham Greene! 6mo
batsy I spy a Cather 😍 I loved The Quiet American and you've just reminded me that I want to read Nine Island! 6mo
AshleyHoss820 I was just in Red Cloud, Nebraska (Cather‘s hometown) and I had never heard of A Lost Lady. She based it off a rich banker‘s young wife (if I remember right!) but it was loosely based. It sounded so interesting! 😊😊😊 Excellent book haul! 6mo
56 likes1 stack add9 comments
review
LondElle89
Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image
Pickpick

This domestic fiction book helped me out of a weird funk. I loved the ease and flow of Cather's writing style. 4.5 out of 5

blurb
Yossarian
Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

I‘m co-starring in a podcast where we are competing to take the longest time possible to read and discuss a book.

Through two episodes, we have made it all the way through sentence 3 of A Lost Lady, by Willa Cather!

Listen wherever fine podcasts are downloaded!

review
nadine_swartz
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image
Pickpick

I love how Cather always creates complex female characters.

blurb
nadine_swartz
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

What can I say? I love a giveaway, and here @LazyDays is organizing one! #listylove2019

blurb
nadine_swartz
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

A do love hand written notes in my used books, especially when the penmanship is this nice!

blurb
mdm139
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

Thrift store book haul

Bookishthoughts Flowers in the attic started my teenage addiction to V.C. Andrews!😱 Have you read all of her series? She has so many its hard to keep up, I liked alot of her older stuff, havent read much of her newer series. 1y
mdm139 @LazyDays I haven't read any of her books yet. My sister though read Flowers a few years ago and got addicted to V.C. Andrews. She has read every book by the author but some of the harder to find ones. 1y
Bookishthoughts It's a strange story, but I think it's written well enough to keep you engrossed! They even made a movie, read the book 1st but the movie is kinda spot on! 1y
23 likes3 comments
blurb
wallacereads
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

One of my local libraries just reopened after a massive renovation. I went over and wandered the aisles and of course checked out more books to add to my massive #tbr stack. #libraryflow

23 likes1 stack add
blurb
ephemeralwaltz
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

Found this while browsing today. Why so pretty?!!??!

review
Ruthiejuice
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image
Pickpick

This book was in my Christmas stocking and I read it in (I think) February. I liked it a lot. Willa Cather captures people and a time very well, it's vivid, affecting, and easy to read. I may have enjoyed it more than My Antonia, or at least I think the plot has stayed with me better. Thus far!

blurb
ErinC
A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
post image

One of my other favorite #womenwriters. Missing my copy of O Pioneers apparently. #somethingforsept @RealLifeReading

intothehallofbooks Love love love!!! 3y
30 likes1 comment